The Paper Crane has an easy-to-miss location along Eastwood Road, but Wilmington sushi and Asian cuisine fans will want to try this spot that’s known for its distinctively colorful rolls, unique vegan options, and wealth of dishes that combine the flavors of Japan, China, and Thailand.

Visitors can opt for dine-in, take-out, or delivery service, and folks who are running errands or shopping in central Wilmington can settle into the casual but friendly restaurant for an easy lunch or dinner. The menu goes on for multiple pages, and will challenge even the most dedicated Asian cuisine lovers with its myriad of unique options. The sushi and sashimi options are an excellent place to start, with a colorful array of roll or hand roll options. For something different, try the Sweet Potato Roll, the Sweet Omelet (Tomago), the Scallop (Hotate), or the Asparagus Tempura Roll, which are all vibrant and just a little bit eclectic. (Sushi specials are also available on a regular basis, and are always worth a look.) The entrees are just as tempting and unique, with flavors from all over the globe, allowing patrons to taste all the highlights of Asian cuisine without ever leaving central Wilmington.

  • Monday10:30am-10:00pm
  • Tuesday10:30am-10:00pm
  • Wednesday10:30am-10:00pm
  • Thursday10:30am-10:00pm
  • Friday10:30am-11:00pm
  • Saturday4:30pm-11:00pm
  • Sunday11:30am-10:00pm
Wilmington Riverfront Park

Wilmington Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park, which encompasses a decent chunk of the popular Downtown Riverwalk, is a scenic region which will lure visitors into pulling up a bench seat, staying a while, and enjoying the miles of Cape Fear River views on the horizon.

Bijou Park

Bijou Park

Bijou Park is a hidden gem of a "blink and you'll miss it" attraction in Wilmington, and is a perfect spot for weary shoppers and strollers to find a quiet bench, stretch out their legs, and relax. Located in a rare gap in between downtown buildings on 225 N Front St, the park straddles the heart of Downtown Wilmington and a Riverfront parking area, but the section in between is quiet, peaceful, and buffered from the sound of the downtown traffic by the two tall but historic buildings on either side.